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1 WELCOME An In-Depth Look on the Status and Future of Texas Children Food Policy Lunch: Dispelling the Myths around School Breakfast November 20 th, 2013

2 Welcoming Remarks Liliana Esposito, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, Dean Foods

3 Councilmember Jerry R. Allen, Dallas City Councilmember, District 10 Welcoming Remarks

4 Chef Panel: Breakfast for less than $2.00 Chef Chad Houser, Executive Director Café Momentum Chef Graham Dodds, Hibiscus Chef Matt Ford, CBD Provisions Chef Jack Perkins, Maple & Motor and The Slow Bone Chef Julie Eastland, Café Momentum Cafe Momentum Interns Mailk Runnels Adolph Martin Jordan Farrar

5 + Food Insecurity and the Importance of School Breakfast Mandi Kimball, Director, Public Policy and Government Affairs, CHILDREN AT RISK

6 + About Us 20 years & counting CHILDREN AT RISK is a data-driven research and advocacy nonprofit organization that drives change for Texas children through strategic research, education, legal action, and public policy. Focus Areas Focus areas include: physical and mental health food insecurity and nutrition parenting education juvenile justice human trafficking

7 + What We Do ResearchAwarenessCollaboration Advocacy

8 + Test Your Knowledge Of the more than 6.9 million children in Texas, how many children are still struggling with hunger? A. 10% B. 16% C. 20% D. 26%

9 + 1.8 million Texas children are living in food insecure households.

10 + Test Your Knowledge What percentage of Texans reside in a food desert? A. 5% B. 12% C. 15% D. 30%

11 + C. 15% The USDA estimates that 15 percent of Texans reside in a food desert, making Texas the state with the largest grocery gap in the country.

12 + Test Your Knowledge What percentage of Texas children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals during the school year, participate in the Summer Meals Program? A. 1% B. 3% C. 9% D. 11%

13 + Only 11% of the roughly 3 million Texas children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals during the school year participate in the Summer Meals program

14 + Poverty

15 Poverty - Texas and the Nation In Texas, 17.9% of the total population lived in poverty in % of Texas children lived in poverty in % of Dallas County children lived in poverty in 2012

16 + Food Insecurity

17 + What is Food Insecurity? Limited or uncertain access to nutritious and safe food necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle

18 + Food Insecurity: Texas and the U.S. 2011U.S.Texas Household Food Insecurity 14.9%18.5% Child Food Insecurity 20.6%26% Childhood Poverty 23%26%

19 + Food Insecurity: North Texas County# of Food Insecure Children Dallas172,610 Rockwall4,100 Hunt5,640 Tarrant116,370 Collin39,440 Denton32,820 Ellis9,640 Johnson9,340 Kaufman6,480

20 + According to the research, Texas has fewer supermarkets per capita than any state in the nation. National level: 1 supermarket for every 8,620 people

21 + Using Our Schools to Combat Food Insecurity

22 + Success in the 83 rd Legislature SB 376 expands the school breakfast program to the entire student body at campuses that have 80% or more economically disadvantaged students.

23 Roughly 3 million public school students live at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level. Approximately half of these students attend schools where 80% or more of their peers qualify for free or reduced priced meals Poverty in Texas Schools

24 + Texas & North Texas School Breakfast Participation Rates

25 + 464,945 of eligible North Texas students did NOT participate in school breakfast last year

26 Negative stigma attached to eating breakfast at school Children arent getting to school in time to eat breakfast due to busy schedules & non-traditional working hours for parents In-class versus out-of class breakfast time Not enough time allocated for breakfast Reasons for Low Breakfast Participation

27 + Four Myths About Expanding School Breakfast If a school implements Universal Free School Breakfast, all children MUST eat a breakfast. Myth #1 Students must take ALL items provided in a school breakfast meal. Myth #2 Waste is a necessary consequence of implementing Universal Free School Breakfast. Myth #3 School Breakfast Programs contribute to childhood obesity Myth #4

28 HOW BREAKFAST CAN HELP Nutritional Tend to have a more adequate nutrient intake Tend to have a lower BMI and are less likely to be overweight Helps establish healthy habits for life Academic Improves math, reading, and standardized test scores Improves behavior and reduce disciplinary problems Helps children pay attention, perform problem-solving tasks, and improve memory

29 + The importance of school meals….. Students cant learn if they are hungry.

30 + Thank You! Q & A Contact Information: Mandi Kimball, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations: or

31 Various Perspectives on Adoption and Implementation of Universal School Breakfast Jaime Hanks Meyers, CHILDREN AT RISK Dan Micciche, Dallas ISD School Board Dora Rivas, Dallas ISD Dr. Kim Broadway, Mesquite ISD Sheri Carcano, Irving ISD Sarahbeth Ghozali, Dairy MAX

32 Thank You An In-Depth Look on the Status and Future of Texas Children Food Policy Lunch: Dispelling the Myths around School Breakfast November 20 th, 2013


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